From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On Pulse Asia’s March 2017 Survey Showing Filipinos’ Trust in China and Russia

The Duterte administration is charting the path of broader diplomatic relations with the international community, and the renewed ties with Russia and China provide a healthy opportunity to appreciate and  understand these two countries.

As the President charts an independent foreign policy, the public needs a deeper understanding of the need for expanding our diplomatic horizons.

Our enhanced relations with China and Russia will bolster our international relations and give us more room to grow, expand, and become more rooted as we get to know ourselves better as a nation in a community of nations.